In my opinion, one of the best feelings in the world is when you receive a call from your friend asking if you would like to have some lunch. That was my reality yesterday. I was sitting at my desk cracking my head on a task assigned to me by my boss. A few times, the thought of what to eat crossed my mind, but I waved it aside because I didn’t want to burden myself with trying to figure out what to eat. Suddenly, my phone rang, and at first I didn’t want to pick up because I thought the caller was calling for some information I was supposed to give him but hadn’t because of what I was currently doing. But, an inner voice urged me to pick up and I did.
“Hi Winnie, I am going to have lunch with a friend, would you like to have something?” Without any hesitation I said, “Yes!” And he proceeded to ask me what I wanted. Now, that was the major problem. I decided to lay the burden on him instead and told him I’d be fine with his choice.
Thirty minutes later, he came back with two gigantic packs that looked like mini travelling bags. The packaging was beautiful.At first I thought he was feeding the whole office only to realise seconds later that it was for two people. I became interested and immediately put my laptop to sleep and headed straight for the lunchroom. At this point, I was super excited at the fact that I had free lunch but I was a bit skeptical because I didn’t know if my taste buds would accept the food. Nevertheless, I stayed enthusiastic.
“Hmmmmmm!” I exclaimed and asked, “Where did you get this food from?” And he said he got it from Fish Aways, an eatery he had just discovered on Adeola Odeku Street, Victoria Island.
He ordered a plate of fried rice, French fries, coleslaw, shrimps, croaker fish and a lemon wedge with sweet chili sauce and cream to go with it. I started by checking out the food with my eyes and in my opinion, the rice was really beautiful and colorful; it was well cooked and the grains were standing apart. All I hoped for was that it tasted as good as it looked. The coleslaw was perfectly done as it was not too creamy and the vegetables were shredded properly but I don’t know if they were short of carrots because I could literally count the number of carrot strips in the slaw or maybe, it was supposed to be a cabbage-only coleslaw, then why add the carrots in the first place? Plus, what is coleslaw without carrots. Moving on, the fries were properly fried but I wasn’t too sure if I really wanted fries in my system (didn’t want to have to deal with burning extra calories), so I gave them out to another colleague of ours.
The shrimps looked really crispy, but a little bit too fried and I couldn’t really tell what exactly was done to the croaker fish, but I was excited at the fact that all the bones were taken out and only the fillet was served.
I proceeded to devour the food, as I was very hungry. I started with the rice…too yummy!!! I liked that the grains stood apart and all ingredients were used in the right quantity. The croaker fish was extremely tasteless. I am guessing it was just put into flour batter and was grilled or fried without the addition of any spice. I had to convince my taste buds to accept it because I was hungry. The shrimps tasted so good, as the ingredients used were used in the right quantity.
Generally, I enjoyed the meal mostly because it was a kind gesture from a friend. Just incase you work in Adeola Odeku or its environs, and you don’t have a clue what to eat for lunch, you can try out Fish Aways. I think their prices are pretty reasonable as well. My friend said my food cost N2,600. For those who can’t walk in to buy, they also deliver but I don’t know if it comes at an extra cost. You can check them out online.
Thank God for great friends! And thank you Fish Aways for a great meal.